12 DECEMBER 1868

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Mr. Layard is to be the Commissioner of Public Works

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and Buildings, without a seat in the Cabinet. If we do not mistake Mr. Layard's leanings, it seems fated that the Liberal Govern- ment should be identified with the Italian...

Mr. Gladstone has evidently aimed at making a very strong

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department of the Treasury. He has subdivided the duties of Financial Secretary to the Treasury, —most onerous and responsi- ble duties which no one man could possibly discharge...

The Householder Parliament met for the first time on Thursday,

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the 10th inst. The attendance was considerable, but the members of the new Cabinet were of course absent ; and Mr. Disraeli, who had been severely hissed by the mob outside, did...

The difficulty of difficulties for Mr. Gladstone will be to

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satisfy the scruples which Mr. Disraeli hopes to stir up in weak-kneed Liberals when the details of disendowment come to be discussed, a difficulty much increased by the...


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T HE Cabinet is complete, with the exception of the Duchy of Lancaster, which is supposed to be reserved for Mr. Brand, and contains fifteen members, of whom six are peers, one...

Of the sub-Cabinet appointments, the most weighty is the Vice-

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Presidency of the Council of Education, which has, with singular moderation, been accepted by Mr. W. E. Forster, without, strange to say, a seat in the Cabinet. This is a bitter...

It is, on the whole, a young Cabinet ; average

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age only fifty years and four months ; greatest age (Lord Clarendon's), 68 ; smallest age (the Marquis of Hartington's), only 35, almost political babyhood, though the noble...

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President Johnson has sent in his annual Message, now a

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docu- ment of very little importance. He hopes all differences with England will be settled, apparently scolds Congress for its recon- struction policy as heartily as ever, and...

The Chancellor of the Exchequer,—whom it will need some practice

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to connect with Mr. Lowe's name,—made an amusing speech at Fishmongers' Hall on Thursday, in replying to the toast of " The House of Commons." Nothing, he said, could be simpler...

General Sherman has recommended that the Red Indians of the

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Pacific States should all be driven to certain reserved lands, and there be trained to civilization. The Red Indians object, but the General believes that if they are...

A serious quarrel has broken out between Turkey and Greece.

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The Athenian Government has been assisting the Cretans, and the Sultan will not stand it any longer. He has accordingly sent an ultimatum to Athens, and Hobart Pasha, his...

On Monday, persons, number unknown, for some reason not stated,

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under some banner carefully concealed, raised the flag of insurrection at Cadiz. They were put down immediately, where- upon the Civil Governor fled. Two ironclads then anchored...

Mr. Bernal Osborne made a very amusing and good-tempered speech

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to his audience and would-be constituents at Nottingham, who entertained him at a public dinner on Tuesday evening. He said that however he might have smiled at his own defeat...

The Athenaeum, of last Saturday, in a generally favourable no-

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tice of the Bill which is about to be introduced for altering the constitution of University College, London, expresses surprise that " it is proposed not to honour any old...

Sir Rutherford Alcock, British Minister in Pekin, has tried to

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obtain redress for the outrages committed on Missionaries at Yaugchow. Ile has not obtained it.. Consequently, he has ordered Commodore Sir Henry Keppel,—decided person, who...

The authority of the Papacy has received a blow from

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a very singular source. Two Italians named Monti and Tognetti blew up some Zouaves by a device very similar to that employed to shatter Clerkenwell Prison. They were tried,...

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We have done the Record and its followers in Frome

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an injustice for which we beg heartily to apologize. The Evangeli- cals of that borough did not apologize to Mr. Bennett, as we believed they did, nor did they present him with...

The meeting of the Society for Promoting Christian Know- ledge

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on Tuesday, to which we referred last week, was even more violent than was expected,—rather worse than the scene on the South-West Lancashire hustings,—but it ended in a victory...

The Dissenting ministers seem to be even in advance of

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the clergy when the safety-valve is open. Mr. Townshend Main- waring asserts that during the Denbighshire election a Dissent- ing minister asserted that Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn...

It is worth notice that neither the Liberal nor the

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Conservative Caves have prospered at the Elections. Mr. Hubbard, Mr. Sand- ford, Mr. Erle, Mr. Schreiber, Mr. Reginald Yorke, Mr. Gorst, Mr. B. Cochrane have none of them seats...

We are not sorry to see a new hand at

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the Poor Law Board, - which needs a strong hand, if ever any department needed it, but it is only fair to Mr. Villiers to say that the Pall Mall's remark on his " indolence and...

The most prominent feature in the Stock Exchange has been

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the excited market for Foreign Bonds caused by the unfavourable news from the East. Turkish Stocks were very dull at the com- mencement of the week, and a decline of from one to...

Mr. George Peabody has given another £100,000 to the poor

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of London. This makes £350,000 given to London, and £150,000 to Baltimore, or half a million in all. There is nothing to be said that we see in praise of munificence like that,...

The Manchester Examiner published ou Thursday an article on the

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Poor Law Board as a quotation from the Spectator. 14 such article ever appeared in our columns, and we shall be glad if our contemporary will correct its inadvertent error. We...

The inquest into the death of Mrs. Mary Grant, of

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Newport, who was killed in a charge of the 23rd Welsh Fusiliers during the Election riots, has terminated. It was proved that Colonel Bell had done his utmost to clear the...

Yesterday and on Friday week the leading Foreign Bonds left

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off at the annexed quotations :— Dec.4. Dec. 11. Dec. 4. Dec. 11. Brazilian, 1865 78 78 Bosnian (Angto-Dutch) 9O 90 Egyptian, 1864 831 831 Spanish, 18417 331 821 Italian,...

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THE NEW GOVERNMENT. T HE new Government would be a perfectly satisfactory one, were it not for a certain dimly perceptible want of tone. Though not a Ministry of all the...

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W HETHER a sceptic as to the agency of political design in Ministerial appointments would be able to establish a posteriori, as Paley did concerning the relation of the wheels...

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M ESSRS. TRUBNER AND CO. have published this week a little book, or rather pamphlet, which should be carefully studied by every politician interested in Irish reform. It is a...

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THE CHURCH. O NE thing which is to us satisfactory the Elections have certainly proved, though the manner in which it has been proved is by no means satisfactory. The English...

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beaten yet, by any means. Mr. Disraeli's Reform Bill has hit them terribly hard in Scotland, where their direct power has been slowly whittled down to nothing ; in Wales, where...

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W E have no wish to exaggerate the importance of the experiment which has been for so many years under trial at Assington, in Suffolk, but we rather wonder that it has hitherto...

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T wo French subjects, at the opposite extremes of society, at the opposite extremes of culture, at the opposite extremes of what the world calls worth, have afforded us this...

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(TO THE EDITOR OF THE " EPECTAMOti.1 Sea,—Had the British Quarterly reviewer simply stated in his review what he has since stated in his letter to the Spectator, I should not...

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[TO THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR:1 Sin,—There is an illustrative fact in connection with the recent Election for Westminster that may not be unworthy of your attention. In the...


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MR. BROWNING'S NEW POEM.* As Mr. Browning issues his new poem in instalments, we may - well suppose that he wishes it to be read, and studied, and con- ceived in instalments ;...

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Mn. GILBERT does not fall off. To write the autobiography of a country doctor, an ordinary country doctor, without any thread of incident—in his own career at least—more...

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think that this book was a genuine record of the experience of a genuine author, we should treat it as a work of the very greatest importance. We cannot say that even then it...

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LITTLE ..TEHAiV DE SAINTRE.* THE history of Little Jehan de

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Saintre is a French romance of the fifteenth century. Written in the last century of the middle ages, it tells the story of its own epoch even better than the personal narrative...

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Dora. By Julia Kavanagh. 3 vols. (Hurst and Blackott.)—It does

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not often happen that the first volume of a novel is the one which could be most easily spared. So it is, however, with Dora. Miss Kavanagh, it seems, must needs have a plot....


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St. Cyril of Alexandria on the Minor Prophets. Edited by P. E. Pusoy, A.M. 2 vols. (The Clarendon Press.)—We cannot pretend to discuss the merits of St. Cyril as a commentator,...

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Near the Cloisters. By Dr. Henry Stebbing, F.R.S. 2 vols.

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(Skeet.) —Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this novel is that there is positively not a villain in it. More than once we seem likely to have one. Buchweiss, the...

CIULDEEN'S Booxs.—What is an " annual "? We had supposed

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the name to signify a yearly publication. Such were the annuals which flourished in such abundance some thirty or forty years ago. But it seems that the signification of the...

The Search for the Gral. By Julia Goddard. (Cassell, Potter,

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and Galpin.)—A pretty story, which we may safely pronounce to be better than many that present themselves in a more ambitious form. An enthusiastic girl neglects the substantial...

With the Tide. By Sidney Daryl. (Hodder and Stoughton.)—If this

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is the sort of tale which boys really like, there is little more to be said ; but it is certainly very strongly flavoured. We part with the hero when he is about ten years of...

Merry Tales for Little Folk. Edited by Madtime de Chatelain.

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(Lockwood and Co.)—Why, here are all our old friends, beginning with "The House that Jack Built," and going on to some of the beet of Hans Andersen's and Madame d'Aulnoy's...

A Light on the Historians and on the History of

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Crowland Abbey. By Henry Seale English. (J. R. Smith.)—It is difficult to road with patience or judge with equanimity a book which irritates one with perpetually recurring...

We have received a new edition of Sir David Brewster's

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Letters on Natural Magic (Tegg) ; to this edition Mr. J. A. Smith has prefixed some chapters on "The Being and Faculties of Man," and added a supplement describing some...

Italy and her Capital. By E. S. G. S. (Freeman.)—E.

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S. G. S. travelled in Garibaldian costume (does she mean the " rod shirt 1) and consequently, as she tells us, her journey through the north of Italy " was a sort of triumphal...

Sunbeam Stories. By tho Author of A Trap to Catch

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a Sunbeam. (Lockwood and Co.)—The first of the stories in this book is very pretty, and may be commended alike to young and old. Of the second we cannot speak highly, and would...